In what is likely a bid to reverse-engineer the magic of modern superhero movies, Netflix recently unveiled the first step of their plans to integrate a new medium into their entertainment platform. Earlier this week, they revealed the very first Netflix comic book, The Magic Order, by Scottish comic book writer Mark Millar (who’s known for writing Kingsman, Kick-Ass, and Wanted, and has worked on various Marvel titles).
This is the first franchise created by Millar following Netflix’s acquisition of his comic book publishing company, Millarworld, last August. The Magic Order is six issues long, and is slated to come out in Spring 2018. Issues will be available in print (thank god for an Internet company that can acknowledge the importance of print), and as a downloadable comic book.
To illustrate volume one of The Magic Order, Netflix enlisted Olivier Coipel, the legendary Marvel artist behind The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man, and Thor. Millar even says that Coipel is an artist he had been waiting to work with for a while. “Netflix hiring Olivier has also made me the happiest guy alive,” says Millar. “I’ve been after him for almost ten years so to finally have our names in the same book is an absolute honor.”
As for the premise of The Magic Order, this much has been revealed:
We live in a world where we’ve never seen monsters, and these people are the reason we sleep safely in our beds.
Magic meets the mob in The Magic Order, as five families of magicians sworn to protect our world for generations must battle an enemy who’s picking them off one by one. By day, they live among us as our neighbors, friends and co-workers; but by night they are the sorcerers, magicians and wizards that protect us from the forces of darkness... Unless the darkness gets them first.
We’re stoked for the comic book, but equally curious to see how this would look in the inevitable final form: a high-budget blockbuster by the big red N.